By The Pigskin Prophet, email@example.com
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:01 AM
And then there were four.
The biggest holiday gift The Pigskin Prophet receives every year is spending Thanksgiving weekend in Indianapolis. Sure, over 90 percent of Americans eat turkey over the four-day gluttonous food extravaganza, but there are always a few sadists who believe a nice, hearty slice of pig hits the spot.
So, in the name of this swine's safety, he can revel in the fact that we are guaranteed at least one game next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium involving a local team.
Could we have as many as three games? The Pig hopes so.
Is it likely?
Last week: 6-1
SNIDER (12-0) AT WESTFIELD (10-2)
The 'Rocks are all that stand between the Panthers and a second-consecutive trip to the state finals. But make no mistake, this Westfield squad can play.
The Shamrocks do not 'wow' you statistically, but they are a solid team whose only two losses came by one point each to Hamilton Southeastern and Brownsburg. Quarterback Andy Sweet throws a good ball and running back Nate Froelich (1,087, 15 TDs) is a small, shifty talent in the backfield.
To The Pig, this feels like a low-scoring game. He isn't sure how much Westfield is going to be able to get done against the vaunted Panthers defense, while the defense of the Rocks is stout, led by Byron Hubbard up front.
In the end, Snider makes a few more big plays, perhaps even in the return game. Hey Westfield, here's a tip: DON'T KICK TO MAC HIPPENHAMMER.
THE PIG SAYS SNIDER BY 4. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN (11-2) AT GARRETT (12-1)
No matter what happens in Garrett on Friday, northeast Indiana wins as the area will have its first Class 3A representative in the state finals since Bellmont in 2008.
Here's what this game comes down to: Can the Railroaders stop Concordia Lutheran's offense enough to stay in the game?
The Cadets have not scored less than 21 points this season. Their season high of 62 points was put up last week on West Lafayette, a squad that entered the game giving up an average of about a third of that.
The key to this one? Garrett has to force turnovers. The Cadets have done a tremendous job protecting the football most of this season. The Railroaders need to create two to three turnovers and get some help in special teams to have a chance in this one.
If this game is competitive late, the Railroaders could have the edge. Coach Chris DePew's team is 4-0 this season in games decided by three points or less.
THE PIG SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 9. PIONEER (13-0) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (12-1)
Well this is a surprise. The Pig was confident that the Class A North Semistate would feature Lafayette Central Catholic. Instead, Pioneer edged the Knights by one last week to advance.
This game comes down to two players: Pioneer's Jack Kiser and Adams Central's Drew Schultz.
The sophomore Kiser leads the Panthers' offense at QB and all he has done is amassed 2,633 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns.
On the other side, Schultz has been a man amongst boys running the ball for most of the season, but his star has shined brighter in the postseason, carrying the load for an offense that has done just enough to win games.
Which of these studs has the better night on Friday? The Flying Jets need to find a way to keep the ball out of Kiser's hands, whether that is long, sustained drives that eat up clock or by forcing some turnovers.
Adams Central may have a chance to grab some momentum early with Pioneer perhaps feeling the aftereffects of knocking off LCC. That may be key in trying to hang around against the Panthers.
THE PIG SAYS PIONEER BY 5.